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Is It Worth It? Should students pay for private college counselors?

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Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:32 pm

For many seniors, August 1 marks the start of the most stressful time of their young lives. It’s the day that college applications go live and the point at which seniors start thinking seriously about the essays and supplements they will have to write to get into their dream school. Every year, as more and more qualified seniors apply for a finite number of positions at their top-choice universities, students are having to rely less on their grades and test scores and more so on their extracurriculars and writing essays that stand out to admissions counselors. A private college counselor’s job is to help these students stand out by providing them with help on their essays and guiding them through the process of college admissions. They also aid students in choosing the appropriate colleges to apply to. Some seniors believe they need this extra help, yet many can’t afford to hire one of these counselors. Is it really fair to have a private college counselor?

Many students feel at a disadvantage when it comes to not having a private counselor. “I am not quite sure about the whole admissions process, and due to my being first in my family to go to a traditional college, I have no one to really help me go through the steps,” said senior McNeilly Fieweger. Apprehension regarding the process leads students to flock to their teachers and school counselors for as much help as possible.

However, most students believe these teachers and counselors don’t have the time to address every student’s individual concerns, unlike private college counselors. Though teachers and counselors do have a lot of students and not a lot of time on their hands, many make an effort to provide help to all students asking for it. All a student needs to do is set up an appointment with their counselor to get a one-on-one counseling session. They are willing and able to answer questions promptly and effectively. School counselors are just as capable as private counselors and have just as much, and sometimes even more, experience with helping seniors finish college applications.

Students who have college counselors believe that they do have an advantage over others, but it is not as great as some would seem. “The counselor doesn’t do your extracurriculars for you and they don’t take the SAT for you. There is only so much they can help you with,” said senior Aly Brady. When it comes to writing the essays and supplements, a college counselor can only help a student so much without compromising the writer’s voice. Their job is to stop students from writing the cliched pitfalls that admissions counselors don’t like to read, not to change the voice of the writer to give them a better chance of getting accepted.

So is it really fair for students to have private college counselors? It is fair. Having a private counselor does not guarantee acceptance to any school. The fact of the matter is that every student has to take their own tests, earn their own grades, participate in their own extracurriculars, and write their own essays. Every senior is capable of doing these by themselves. None of these can be done by anyone else, but everyone is entitled to as much help as they want, and they can get all that help for free from school counselors, teachers, and parents. The only real disadvantage of not having a private college counselor is that students will believe that they won’t get accepted into a good school without one.

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  • VikVein posted at 4:22 am on Tue, Dec 2, 2014.

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    I think that it is impossible to answer this question, as everyone makes his own decision if he needs it or not. Moreover, after that he will be able to make a conclusion of such help was efficient o not. I can compare this situation with the usage of custom essay writing service . Some people don’t need such help at all, because they can cope with the task easily, while others will experience a great stress and eventually fail. So, it is better to ask, the opinion of people who are involved in the process.